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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is so good. I had a Moment and grabbed my new gongfu teapot from Davids…it’s so wee and adorable! I’m not allowed to handle glass, though, so my wife did the actual steeping. We started with a 30 second steep and went up 15 seconds for each steep, pouring the tea into a bubble teapot. We made it to 1 minute, 15 seconds before the pot was full, and the leaves were still giving off lots of flavor. It smells heavenly. It’s creamy and delicious and everything I love about this tea.

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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Coldbrewed this for a day and I had it with some friends last night. I added a splash of blueberry pancake liquor and oh man. Oh. Man. So good. Do iiiiit.

Fjellrev

Blueberry pancake liquor actually exists? Crazy!

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I’ve only ever seen it up here in Canada, but oh man is it tasty.

Fjellrev

Ah, the closest thing I thought it could be was a flavoured vodka, like Pinnacle vodka.

Fjellrev

Ah, THAT brand. Now I want to go frolic around a liquor store looking at flavoured stuff haha.

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XD We did that yesterday, and now our home is overflowing with, like, Vanilla Ripple and Watermelon Vodka and Winter Jack XD.

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Coldbrewed into a world of nope. It tastes like grapefruit that’s a few days too old and dried out. It’s not a pleasant tart, it’s a stomach-churning tart. Like taking a bite out of a white grapefruit peel.

Maybe it will be better hot. I hope so. I hate wasting tea, but I don’t think I can finish this.

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
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I love this tea. My tin is almost empty and this is Not Okay. Must restock ASAP. It saved my life many times when I was a little worker bee, and now that I’m a stay at home Queen Bee, it gives me the pep I need to finish cleaning before we have company tonight.

Dustin

Bah! The life of a queen bee is so overrated! You get to have sex once with a bunch of drones you just met, then spend the rest of your life inside laying eggs all day every day and don’t even have time to stop and feed or bathe yourself. Others do that for you. I think I’ll take a worker bee position! In addition to being a tea nerd, I’m also a huge bee geek and I need to try this tea someday! :D

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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Coldbrewed. This is…okay. Just okay. It’s juicy enough and I loved the first sip, but as the cup goes on, it’s less and less tasty. It’s got a weird taste to it that I’m going to assume is the chamomile, as I’m not overly familiar with it. My next cup will be a sipdown and that is more than okay with me.

VariaTEA

I also had an issue with the chamomile in this. It got to a point where even the smell was off putting.

DaisyChubb

Yep I have to agree with the chamomile in this one! Reminds me of the old dulce & banana but without the strong banana flavour it’s just offputting haha – finishing the bag will be a struggle! The struggle is real!

Cattibrie

Thanks for the info. This is now off my list to try. Chamomile is just not a flavour I like.

Roswell Strange

I struggled with this one too.

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Well, I just dumped the rest of my bag into my mason jar to steep for tomorrow, so yay for getting rid of it. I find that I’m more willing to drink a tea if it’s coldbrewed because I made myself get used to drinking massive amounts of cold water when I was working. And this way it’s done and Future Rita’s problem, because I hate to waste tea, so I’ll drink it and curse Past Rita the whole time XD

DaisyChubb

oo good idea! maybe it’ll mellow out a bit coldbrewed, think I’ll follow your lead for the rest of my bag too

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Good luck to you!!

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Coldbrew Sipdown (387/370)

This is so good. So, so good. I need to get my hands on more of this bright, juicy blend.

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This was a pleasant surprise of a sip down. (385/368) I was expecting overwhelming rooibos flavor, but it isn’t. Instead I got a nutmeggy-caramel flavor. Coldbrewed the last of this and I’m glad I did. This is a nice moment on this snowy day.

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Sipdown! 386/369

It’s gone! YAY! For literally years, I have picked up this blend, wrinkled my nose, and put it back. But enough is enough, so I cold brewed this overnight with about twice the leaf I needed in an effort to empty the bag.

Full disclosure, it’s easily been two years since I got this blend and it’s been stored in a plastic ziploc baggie. So…I’m not holding my breath on this one.

I’m not going to change my rating because, well, it’s old. But despite twice the leaf, it’s weak and tastes like lemon cardboard. I’ll chug it for the sake of hydration, but I am glad to finally get it out of my cupboard.

Dexter

Congrats on getting an OLD one out of the cupboard. I’ve recently started being more “firm” about drinking older teas first. I don’t have anything that’s “years” old, but need to get serious about drinking the older stuff before it becomes OLD. LOL Thanks for the reminder on WHY I need to be doing this. :))

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Exactly. Now, I do have several tea that are kept in tins that are years old and still very good, but this just isn’t one of them.

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I freaking love this tea. I’m surprised I haven’t reviewed it before. Oh well.

As we were packaging up some of this for Christina, I knew I needed to have some soon. Unfortunately, every time I remembered it, it was after 4 pm and I knew that if I had a cup, I wouldn’t sleep.

But today, it was awful hard to get up, so I am all over this matcha thing. This matcha is lovely, I’m drinking it cold with some sugar and it tastes just like a wintergreen lifesaver. Yum.

keychange

I am embarking on my “discover all the matcha!” journey, and wintergreen is also among my favourite mint tastes. May I ask what level of flavouring you thought was appropriate for this matcha? nom!

Roswell Strange

Is this one any good in milk? I only do my matcha one of two ways; club soda or cold milk. I don’t think it’d be great as soda – but I’m thinking it might make for an interesting, creamy “candy cane” like milk drink.

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keychange – I ordered all of my matcha at the delicate level because at the time, Red Leaf Tea was still doing their “free matcha for reviews” and anything over delicate was extra $, though this one I would drink at any level, it’s so darn good.

Roswell – I imagine it would be, but I drink my matcha mixed with agave or sugar and water, so I can’t say for sure.

keychange

mmm i am so definitely doing this in milk when I get it! I bet it’d be awesome.

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I can’t wait to see how you like it, keychange!

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drank Cherry Tea by Red Leaf Tea
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My wife loves cherry, so I chose this for our shared cold brew tonight. I had a sip before I added my agave and hoo boy. It was lip-puckeringly tart. So I added my agave, fixed my wife’s cup for her, and I added sugar to mine.

Oops.

So I have a painfully sweet cup because I can’t be bothered to pay attention XD. It’s good, but it’s got so much hibiscus, it’s making my stomach hurt. This blend is all for her.

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

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My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

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